Wonderful Opening Night!

Captain’s Log   5,510

It’s done!  Opening night has happened!  Was it great?  You bet your sweet bippy!  We had a full house!  We are going to set up more chairs tonight because the Saturday crowds are always bigger.  

There were surprises (as usual).  Good thing I was sitting next to the tech booth when a big glitch happened.  The actors were skipping all over between three pages of dialogue, and it was apparent they were about to become hopefully lost.  I leaned over to the fellow running the sound board and said, “Ring the phone!  Ring the phone!”  He rang the damn phone and they were able to move forward with the scene from the phone call moment.  

The problem child who did not take direction well was, as expected, the weakest one in the last scene.  But the one who listened and tried and pulled herself up into an amazing performance last night got a laugh on absolutely everything she did.  I was so very proud of her.  She went from timid to amazing.  How wonderful to see.  She saved the entire scene from a crash and burn.

Of course, the audience had no clue any of this was happening.  And that is the magic of theatre.  The two people with the least experience were the strongest performers last night.  The hooker scene was the strongest piece.  People were howling, and they more they howled, the better the actors performed.  It was delightful to watch.

I was honored with a bottle of wine and some lovely flowers.  How sweet!  I was not expecting that when I went up on the stage for a simple bow.  I am flattered.

opening night flowers

Pretty roses in a bowl 

I am really sad to see this project come to an end.  It was SOOO much work for just two performances, but at this stage (no pun intended), the theatre does not have a real home.  The company must rely on the kindness of groups with space big enough to house a production for a few days.  The church only charges $40 a day for the hall, and that is affordable. The problem is the limited number of days it is available.

I got home and collapsed with a wonderful sense of tired.  I had a small bowl of cereal and fell asleep in the chair with a magazine.  Fortunately, I woke up and toddled off to bed just in time to listen to another rain shower drum against the roof and was out like a light.  

We get to do this one more time.  How precious and wonderful for another moment!

20 Comments

Filed under Captain Poolie's observations

20 responses to “Wonderful Opening Night!

  1. Yes, everyone had a great time. It was so much fun to see friends and the play. G laughed more than I, and we both had tons, and tons of fun. Taking a bow pictures are up on my blog. Bravo…bravo.

  2. maryz

    What did the reviewers say? Did you tell us and I missed it?

  3. Edie

    I can remember when we did plays and operettas in High School how we hated for them to end after practicing so hard for so long. I’m so happy that things turned out so great for you….

  4. I’m so glad it went so well….bet there will be standing room only tonight. So what’s the next play going to be? Will you try to write another musical this time?

  5. Congratulations. It’s sad you only get two nights – but what a magical two nights 😀

  6. Sounds like a wonderful experience! Um, for the audience too.

  7. Penny Tushingham

    Wow, sounds like a super success but I was expecting that. Yes, a lot of hardwork for two performances but you said they do six a year so these two night will make their future performances even better. I hope the cast enjoyed it as much as you did!

  8. maryz

    Congratulations!!! I wish we’d been able to see it. Are you going to take the show on the road?

    I know you did this for the love of the project, but just out of curiosity, did you get paid anything? Who funded the event?

    • poolagirl

      Nobody got paid. We had some advertising that helped with the costs. We started with $800 in the kitty. Made over $600 last night alone. Should make $700 tonight. Production costs for this show were about $500. So we will come out ahead.

  9. Patty O'Reilly

    Brilliant!

  10. bholles

    Cant wait to see it tonite.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s